Bintan Triathlon - Asia's premier triathlon festival
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Race CategoryDistanceScheduleDescription
Sunset Swim Classic 1000**1000m sea swim**11 May (Friday) 17:00 Open water swim
Olympic Distance1.5km Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run12 May (Saturday) 13:40 Triathlon
Sprint Distance750m Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run12 May (Saturday) 09:00 Triathlon
Youth Distance300m Swim, 10km Bike, 3km Run13 May (Sunday) 09:00 Triathlon
Kids Distance150m Swim, 5km Bike, 1.5km Run13 May (Sunday) 09:15 Triathlon
Fun Duo Challenge**1.5km Run, 150m Swim, dash to the finish line**13 May (Sunday) 10:30 Run + Swim + Fun


**You may sign up for this event as a stand alone OR as an additional race to the main triathlon races

SWIM COURSE (Olympic & Sprint Triathlon)


Swim conditions

It’s the most talked about swim course in Asia, and you’ll soon see why! Held in the clear blue waters of the South China Sea, you’ll set off from the picturesque beach of Nirwana Gardens. It’s a beautiful enclosed bay with little current, great visibility and minimal swell. You may even see Nemo! Water temperature is a balmy 29 C.

NEW IN 2018 – three wave starts for men’s olympic distance race!

To give you a little more space and comfort, the men’s field will start in three waves according to ability and fun factor!

Wave 1: Men’s Qualifier Wave
Athletes that have recently (in the last 2 years) completed an Olympic Distance Triathlon in under 2 hrs 30 qualify for this wave.  It’s for those who want a high octane competitive race at the pointy end of the field.

Wave 2: Men’s Competitive Wave

If you’re a solid athlete with some experience this wave is for you! Our recommendation is that athletes who aim for a time under 3 hours start in this wave.

Wave 3: Men’s Friendly Wave

Happy to take your time, swim freely and enjoy the experience? This wave has your name on it!

Women & Teams

All women and teams will start together in a separate wave from the men

RUN COURSE (Olympic & Sprint Triathlon)


The Run course takes you through the lush greenery, bush tracks and scenic beaches of Nirwana Gardens to a palm-tree-lined finishing chute.  The run course is undulating and generally well shaded.  You’ll pass beach bungalows and hotel pools filled with cheering fans. Drink stations (water, isotonic drink and cold sponges) are available at least every two kilometres.

NEW IN 2018 – get ready for more music and spectator engagement on with additional fan zones to keep the buzz flowing all around the course!

Olympic & Sprint Swim-Run Course

  • Olympic: 1 lap of 1500m Swim; 2 laps of 5km Run
  • Sprint: 1 lap of 750m Swim;   1 lap of 5km Run
BIKE COURSE (Olympic & Sprint Triathlon)


The bike course offers wide, smooth roads, taking in the lush greenery of Nirwana Gardens and Ria Bintan.  You’ll enjoy the stunning views of Lagoi Reservoir, and the vista’s of Ria Bintan’s manicured lawns.  But don’t let anyone tell you it’s flat! Be prepared for numerous rolling hills on both the Sprint and Olympic Distance courses. 700ml bottles with water will be handed out at the halfway point of the Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Check out bike course profile: Olympic Distance | Sprint Distance

  • Olympic: 40km
  • Sprint: 20km
Youth & Kids (Triathlon course)

Sunday is the domain of the Youth & Kids athletes. The Youth and Kids triathlon takes place within the controlled environment of Nirwana Gardens estate.

The swim course consists of a straight out and back route in a calm sea; no swell or current. Although athletes can see the sea bottom throughout the swim, it is too deep to stand at the far end of the course.

The bike course takes place on undulating roads. Braking is an essential skill and being able to change gears and advantage. Youth athletes complete 2 laps of the bike course, Kids athletes 1 lap.

The run course is flat and has one drink station halfway. As Youth athletes complete 2 laps of the run course, they will pass by the drink station twice. Kids athletes complete 1 lap.

  • Youth: 2 laps of 150m Swim; 2 laps of 5km bike; 2 laps of 1.5km Run
  • Kids: 1 lap of 150m; 1 lap of 5km bike; 1 lap of 1.5km Run
Sunset Swim Classic

Sunset Swim Classic 1000

This sunset swim starting from the Nirwana Gardens Beach is the perfect warm up to the main events of the weekend. You will enjoy excellent swimming conditions, full race atmosphere with MC and music, and a stunning view of the sun setting on the horizon.  It is still a race, though, with timing, finisher medals and trophies.

Hang around and enjoy a drink with your fellow athletes and friends at the beach bar post-race, the perfect end to a day.

Fun Duo Challenge

Fun Duo Challenge

The Fun Duo Challenge is a great way to introduce beginners and the younger kids to the sport of triathlon where distances are shorter and the fun element higher. Teams of 2 have to complete a run, a swim, and then finish the race piggyback (or other creative) style. Prizes will be given out to the teams displaying “outstanding” style, strategy, teamwork and finish line moment!

Note: course starts at the finish (arch) and finishes at the start (pen). Just for fun.

Ultimate combination of sports & fun in the tropics. 11 - 13 May 2018

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